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Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament. Fast Fact: Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

Today in Black History, 1/17/2013 - Lewis Howard Latimer received patent number 252,386 in 1882 for the process of manufacturing carbon filaments in light bulbs that reduced the time to produce bulbs and increased the quality. For more info, check out today's notes!

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Invented: Long life lightbulb Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. He was the son of George and Rebecca Latimer, escaped slaves from Virginia. Latimer was hired as the assistant manager and draftsman for U.S. Electric Lighting Company owned by Hiram Maxim. Maxim was the chief rival to Thomas Edison. Maxim greatly desired to improve on Edison’s light bulb and focused on the main weakness of Edison’s bulb – their short life span set out to make a longer lasting bulb.

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